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Educational Editorial: Policies protecting classes of students

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

By Dr. Bill Bosher, NBC12 Educational Specialist

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -  Well it's difficult to ignore the flap that has been associated with the past week's letter from the Attorney General of Virginia to the public colleges and universities.

Succinctly, Ken Cuccinelli said that public institutions could not have policies protecting classes of students and faculty who are not protected by Virginia law. His damage control is that he is saying the same thing that his predecessors have said...and two of them were Democrats.

He also notes -- and rightfully so -- that no one is challenging the legal interpretation that he has given.

So our question is two-fold: Why the flap? And, why did Cuccinelli feel the need to say what had already been said?

The answer to the first is simple...it is an unresolved issue that had been addressed in the past by executive order. Governor Bob McDonnell correctly says that this is a legislative issue. The General Assembly, in turn, canceled a committee meeting where the issue was to be addressed...up or down!

 It seems that while the Attorney General is legally right in Virginia, his effort to place an exclamation mark on a social issue has turned into an "interrobang"...an exclamation mark over a question mark.

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